Would an iPad be good for college?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Duhdrenda, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Duhdrenda macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2012
    I'm leaving for college in the fall and was wondering if I should invest in an iPad to accommodate my laptop. I would like to tote the iPad around to class to take notes and such but still keep my laptop in the dorm for larger projects or when I absolutely need it. Would an iPad be a good choice?
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    The iPad is really great if you have a lot of online reading, especially PDFs. At least, that's what I use it for... reading journal articles. But if you're in a major or school which relies heavily on paper textbooks, an iPad wouldn't be of much help IMO.

    It might be best to wait and see. I imagine it will become pretty obvious if an iPad would suit your needs after the first few weeks of class.
  3. mlemonds macrumors 6502a


    Apr 9, 2008
    Lexington, KY
    You can take notes with the iPad. But have you considered the Samsung galaxy note 10.1?

    I think that the Wacom digitizer would be more precise for handwriting, but I would rather have the iOS software.
  4. ModestMoo macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2011
    Cambridge, UK
    Yea, I think iPad is absolute good for taking notes etc. if you will have a laptop for bigger things.
  5. macbook pro i5 macrumors 65816

    macbook pro i5

    May 13, 2011
    New Zealand
    Yes! Pages is an absolute pleasure to use.Just buy a wireless key board for long amounts of typing.
  6. FloatingBones macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    This is all excellent advice. I do expect that some percentage of schools will have e-book options this fall, and a much larger percentage will in the fall of 2013.

    You could ask your school contacts point blank which of your courses will have e-book options this fall. They may not know at this point; students that ask may help them move in that direction. Keep asking, and make your decision as late as possible. Deferring decisions is part of the art of engineering. :)

    At the same time, there's not a huge downside waiting a year in getting an iPad. Performance will be better next year -- especially if processor circuit size shrinks.
  7. macbook pro i5 macrumors 65816

    macbook pro i5

    May 13, 2011
    New Zealand
    Well they decided to use the 32nm process for the new ipad 2 wifi only models so I guess we will see that in the new iPad.
  8. ewo1992 macrumors regular


    Mar 11, 2012
    Southern, CA
    Works fine for me, I would hate to go back to bringing my laptop everyday.
  9. joeshmo2010 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Yes! And it's super easy to find textbooks for the iPad. Between kindle and Kno Textbooks app, about 90% of my books have been available on the iPad.
  10. rz-jacks macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2012
    West Lafayette IN
    I use it and its nice I have to say... BUT its definitely a luxury, its not something thats by no means necessary but if you use it for other things then its pretty handy, you can use it to take notes, as an extra monitor, read course books etc
  11. xnickitynickx macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2012
    Orlando, FL
    I've been using my iPad in college since 2010. I've never regretted it. I keep my MacBook at home for larger projects, but in class my iPad is king. My tools are penultimate w/ Targus stylus and pages for typed notes. You can't go wrong with it.
  12. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    My daughter took her iPad to college to use for PDF reading of textbooks, but the damn University utilizes DRM'd PDF's that require Adobe Reader to decrypt so no luck with that.
  13. jackc macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    You can't read those on the iPad?
  14. ghett0tech macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2011
    i could see an iPad as an 'in class' replacement, easily. go for it!!
  15. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I use my iPad extensively for academic work, especially for reading PDFs and for notetaking. I warmly recommend it.
  16. James L macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2004
    Just download Adobe Reader on the iPad.
  17. MacBH928 macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    having an ipad can make a huge differnce in productivity but it depends in you and ypur budget and what are you going to study.

    Although ipad is great for reading and accessing thr net and contacting friends, I wouldnt replace text books and notes with this. There is just no substitute for real paper to flip through and mark notes on.

    it can be a great extra tool
  18. trife macrumors 6502


    Apr 16, 2012
    As already mentioned, great for notes and e-Books. Not so much for larger projects.

    Also great for watching Youtube vids in class.
  19. Tmelon macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2011
    Honestly I'd say you should stick to your laptop. iPads are great for reading but when it comes to typing you'll need a physical keyboard. Of course you can buy a wireless one, but that basically ruins the whole point of a portable tablet.
  20. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    iPad serves all my purposes in college except 1...coding. I literally do everything (papers, keynotes, buy books, class pdfs, photo editing, movie editing, music recording) on iPad. When I have to write Java, C++, or an iOS app....that's the only thing my Mac is used for now.
  21. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    Have it, it sometimes works and most times crashes. Not a very stable app on large files like tech journals with illustrations.

    She has the little netbook MBA model and it serves her needs in both the classroom and in the dorm. I'd really recommend that over an iPad for a college student. Small, portable and so much more versatile than an iPad for note taking, writing reports, working with spreadsheets, etc.
  22. mcdj, Apr 16, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012

    mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
  23. jacob-07 macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
    i find my ipad to useful at school, especially for ebooks.
  24. MaxxTraxx macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2008
    It's a good companion tool, but it is not a substitute for a full sized notebook computer.
  25. Brittanydavie macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2011
    I would honestly wait and see what your needs are, I really wish that's what I did and I'm now a junior in college. My freshman year I went all out and bought an iMac as my at home device and an iPad 1 for my device to take to college. While I love how convienent the iPad is to grab and type notes on, I have found it pretty useless for everything else. It's more frusterating than anything, it takes a long time to load certain web pages and most of the time those web pages crash. I also thought ebooks would be a big thing by now but I found that I couldn't even trust paying for and downloading a whole textbook on my iPad without the fear of it crashing. And really, most of the time I don't even need something to take to class and bring a notebook and pen just in case. If I could go back in time I would have just bought a MacBook Pro and had one good solid device to carry around and have all my things on, even if it may be a little more to take to class.

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